It’s a pretty monumental day for everyone here at Brit + Co. We’ve been counting down the months, weeks and days for almost a year now. Today our very first book, Homemakers, officially hits online and offline bookstores everywhere. To celebrate, I hopped on a plane (with a perfectly packed carry-on, of course) and jetted over to the Today Show to talk with the folks there about why I wrote this book and to share four DIY project sneak peeks as well! Head to Today.com for the full story, and scroll on to see a sampling of projects you’ll find in our book.
Before we get to the projects, a little more about Homemakers straight from the now-totally-real back cover.
The rules of homemaking have radically changed. Today’s generation is digitally connected 24/7 and often more focused on climbing the career ladder at the office than the stepladder at home.
But the home “maker” evolution has just begun. Thanks to advances in technology, tomorrow’s men and women will find themselves using new gadgets and apps to cook, clean, decorate and even manufacture everything from decor to clothing, from right inside their homes.
In Homemakers, Brit Morin, founder of the wildly popular lifestyle brand, app, and website Brit + Co, reimagines homemaking for the twenty-first century, making it as simple as possible to go from amateur to pro with easy charts, tips, recipes, DIY projects and tech shortcuts. Simple, beautiful and stylish, it offers the digital generation a wealth of innovative ideas and how-tos for a more creative life.
Now, on to the projects at hand.
1. Etched Glass Pitchers: How cool are these? And I made them myself, for real. With a jar of etching cream and a few stencils or painter’s tape, you can customize any piece of glass you like, from pitchers to tumblers to your window. For this project, we created a pitcher that says PUNCH, a couple carafes adorned with triangle patterns and a striped decanter.
2. Colorful Table Runners: Finding table linens that you love can be a drag. There are either way too many options or none that quite fit. So, make them yourself. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can buy cotton fabric and sew your own plain white runner. Otherwise, it’s fairly easy to find one on Amazon or at Target. From there, use painter’s tape to create your own designs and paint using fabric paint. Done and done.
3. Typographic Bookend Planters: Along with the gadget-charging nightstand, this is one of my favorite projects in the book. I mean, who doesn’t love a two-in-one? To create your own bookend planters, you can use concrete (as in the ones you see above) or air dry clay. Simply create a sturdy vessel using the material of your choice, then use vinyl stickers to add a message. Spray paint the planters, let dry and remove the letters to reveal your message. Add in a few fresh stems or plant a succulent, and you’ll have the liveliest bookends around ;)
4. Jewelry Organizer: If you’re like most women, you have a lot of jewelry and nowhere to put it. Keep all of your beautiful baubles on display with this easy organizer. Just buy or find old drawer pulls and knobs, spray paint them a bold color, then drill into a flat wooden board. Attach to your wall and you’re all set.
Of course, those are just four out of dozens upon dozens of projects that you’ve yet to get your hands on!
We can’t wait for you to see our book in person. Be sure to order Homemakers for over 1,000 tips and tricks for living more creatively, inside and outside the home.